Snowshoe Mountain establishes disaster fund in support of flood victims in West Virginia

Snowshoe Mountain establishes disaster fund in support of flood victims in West Virginia

Snowshoe Mountain, a 251-acre ski resort located in West Virginia’s Allegheny Mountains, has stepped in to help the victims of recent widespread flash flooding in the state.

Last week, a violent onslaught of thunderstorms marched into West Virginia and caused rampant flooding. According to David Wert, meteorologist-in-charge at the National Weather Service Forecast Office in Blacksburg, Virginia, the group of storms dropped “one-in-1,0000-year” amounts of precipitation on the state. Twenty-three people died as a result, while thousands more residents were forced to evacuate and thousands of homes, businesses and other structures were damaged.

Snowshoe, situated 95 miles to the northeast of where the majority of destruction took place, has set up an online donation portal to aid those affected by the floods. The portal will be remain open until July 8, 2016 with all donations going to the American Red Cross of West Virginia. Snowshoe chipped in $10,000 to start and is asking for others to follow suit with a donation of their own.

A state of emergency has been issued in 44 of West Virginia’s 55 counties, while a federal disaster has been declared in three of the hardest hit counties, Kanawha, Greensbriar and Nicholas. To donate, click here.

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